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09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 35

With my liver well and truly reversed over, having now stomped off to a health farm for the weekend in a terrible mood and my mind feeling like it’s been electrified by a thousand eels, we bid farewell to the whirlwind that was Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. We promise to stop talking about it soon. Except perhaps to, ahem,  immediately break that promise as we located a trio of bands that we felt deserved their own Recommender posting, so promises aside, here you are…

MIRRORS

Never before have we witnessed such dramatic gossip and building hype as we do with this new Brighton band. Having only played their first live gig a couple of weeks ago at Brighton’s New Hero club, as a warm up for their triumphant Great Escape Festival slot, the label bosses were already in competition to sign them up. Rumours bounced around about a million pound contract, but only time will reveal all. What we do know is that they are by far and away the most interesting and complete act to appear out of Brighton in ages. And that’s saying something from this city. The 4-piece perform there dramatic, emotional, darkly electronic tricks with a great show when seen live. All four of them wear identical grey suits and stand dead-still with straight, emotionless faces between each track. It’s all in marked contrast to their sublime, pounding, intelligent, layered music that creeps out towards you from the shadows. It’s stolen a little from Kraftwerk, Gary Newman and Depeche Mode, but there’s still a magic 2009 ingredient in there too. Totally addictive and truly powerful.

IMG_2372.jpg Mirrors picture by odelaybradford

Find them here:       Myspace

Hear them here:      MIRRORS – LOOK AT ME (ysi)

THE INVISIBLE

Is there a limit to the amount of  new music you can fall in love with? I feel like I’m having about 50 affairs at once, but I must add that this lot are worth keeping the secret for. Yet another band that we were able to catch at the recent Great Escape festival, this 4-piece’s amazing music drifts into your head in a cloud of funky, but gentle basslines. Frontman Dave Okumu, with his crazy clothing and giant stature actually provide a surprisingly smooth and breezy vocal. It’s sophisticated, charming and attractive in equal parts. Skipping along with tasty beats that come towards you at a summery pace, it’s going to be a perfect seasonal soundtrack over the coming months. If comparisons help they’re like a more soulful TV On The Radio. We also are giving you a bonus track, a remix by Headman, because we love it so much. They released their self-titled debut album back in March on the Accidental label so it’s strongly suggested that you go hunt it down. They return to Brighton for the excellent Loop Festival in July, so looks like we will get a second helping this summer. We were hungry for more anyways…


Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       THE INVISIBLE – LONDON GIRL (ysi)
Bonus track:             THE INVISIBLE – OK (Headman Remix) (ysi)

PANAMA KINGS

It’s been a little while since the last good Indie Rock band popped out of Northern Ireland, but the wait was worth it. This excellent 4-piece play out decent synth hooks over some loose, but energetic guitaring and a pounding beat. Don’t let their token Rock-black clothes diffuse away from the amount of funky, buzzing sounds that back their big-scale Indie music. It’s just one of those looks OK – we deeply suspect that they wear sunglasses at night. The singer has a lazy swaggering lilt, which makes for an unpolished and endearing finish to the tunes. Their new single, Golden Recruit, is out on Broken Records this week. They’ve received the useful inclusion on the Xfm evening playlist and also coverage on 6 Music, which may have pushed them past your ears in recent weeks. All this has got them noticed enough to support fellow Northern Ireland giants, Ash, on their upcoming UK tour. Perhaps that tour will be a true case of the Northern Irish rock baton finally being passed?

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       PANAMA KINGS – GOLDEN RECRUIT (ysi)

Competition time – If you want free guest pass tickets to see the Ash show in Brighton’s Concorde 2 venue on 3rd June, in which Panama Kings support, then email us at therecommenderblog@gmail.com, or leave a message in the comments box and we will enter your details into the prize hat.
Mike

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6 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 35”


  1. May 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Yep yep Mirrors. Bound for greatness next year (perhaps ?). I also caught them at Great Escape as well and was mightily impressed (see my write up at http://www.breakingmorewaves.blogspot.com) and then caught them a couple of days later in London when they seemed even better (again review on my blog) What a cool band !

  2. May 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Well said Robin. Check out Breaking More Waves at his link everybody. Nice…
    Mike

  3. 3 Lil' Sarah
    May 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Love the blog! Please enter me into the ASH competition – Lil’ Sarah

  4. 4 jodi girl
    May 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

    please enter me in for the Ash comp too! xxxx


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